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Gloria Velez And Esther Baxter: Photo By Kingsmen
A star of those wonderfully sexy rap videos, Gloria has appeared in Ja Rule’s “Holla Holla,” Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin'” and DMX’s “What These B*tches Want”, among others. She’s also done some amazing spreads for Play..boy, XXL and Ryde magazines.
Gloria Velez Biography
Born on December 18, 1978 in Long Island, New York, Gloria Velez’s dreams of becoming a model began as a child. As a teen, she attended John Casablancas’ modeling school and was subsequently granted a contract with the Elite Modeling Agency. Soon after signing with Elite, Velez entered the entertainment world. At only 16, she joined *NSYNC and Sisqo on tour, doing both modeling and dancing.
The Latin hottie — her grandparents are Puerto Rican — made the natural transition to music videos, joining several other bootylicious girls in rap clips by Ja Rule, Jay-Z and DMX. Her modeling career skyrocketed following her video appearances, and she was featured in magazines like XXL, Ryde, Black Men, King, Smooth, and even Play..boy.
As she posed in the near-buff in these glossy spreads, Velez also established a beautifully designed website: GloriaVelez.com. With solid Internet branding underway, Velez became a recognized name. Her real passion, however, was not in modeling. It paid the bills and helped her to comfortably raise her young child, but it was not her calling.
Velez felt that music was what fit. While still modeling, she set out to cultivate a rap career by writing songs, recording demos and trying to get signed. After several contractual disputes, Velez decided to go at it solo and released Glory independently. Promotional tours, collaborations and mixtapes followed for Gloria, who continues to market her music while modeling for national clothes chain Bellahoney. You can also get a long look at Velez in her DVD release, Doin Tha Damn Thing.